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Kenner League Recap: Saturday, July 27th

Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

A number of guys did not play today: Yurtseven, Allen, Gardner (had a walking boot on at some point this week, but it was apparently off later in the week), Pickett.

Lots of former Hoyas on campus this weekend: I saw the following guys in the gym at some point on Saturday

-Chris Wright, Greg Monroe, Marcus Derrickson, Kaleb Johnson. There must have been some kind of basketball alumni event.

James Akinjo: 14 pts, 4-9 2 pt, 6-8 FT, 5 reb, 3 asst, 3 st, 3 TO

-James did not have quite the same level of energy/intensity as in his other games this summer. He still played well and played hard, but he did not seem to have that extra juice that he has brought to other games this summer. As you will see in Sunday’s recap - he definitely brought the extra juice on Sunday!

-Had a nice "give and go" bounce pass to a cutter for a basket

-got picked clean at midcourt, the second of two straight TOs

-Got caught in traffic after getting to t he basket. Pivoted, passed out to an open teammate at the foul line for an open jumper.

-Beat man at top of the key with a crossover, used his body to protect the ball, and finished through contact - +1. Really strong move/finish combo.

Jahvon Blair: 10 pts, 3-7 2pt, 1-2 FT, 1-7 3 pt, 3 reb, 6 asst, 5 TO

-Couldn’t handle veteran Kenner guard Christian Jackson on D. Jackson is very strong and pretty skilled. He muscled his way to the basket for good shots at the rim on most of the possessions that Blair guarded him

-Antwan Walker read his passes twice - he likes to come off a ball screen and throw a long cross court pass to a shooter at the top of the circle. Walker read this twice, both times stealing the pass at full speed and flying downcourt for an easy dunk

Mac McClung: 27 pts, 8-12 2 pt, 8-8 FT, 1-3 3 pt, 5 reb, 3 asst, 1 bl, 3 TO

-Mac shot well today. Hit a 3 off the dribble, hit all his foul shots. Best overall shooting game of the summer

-got beat off the dribble, but recovered to block the shot

-Quick drive to his left, left hand finish +1. Really explosive move

-another strong drive - +1. It is amazing the way he can handle a lot of contact and still get his shot off at the rim (often making it)

-spin move on the baseline into a tough 4 foot jump shot basket

-threw two behind the back passes for transition buckets

-quick crossover left his man froze, he drew a foul on the drive

Josh LeBlanc: 12 pts, 4-10 2pt, 4-4 FT, 2 reb (1 off), 4 asst, 2 st, 1 bl, 1 TO

-The ball just was not finding him. The guards were taking a lot of shot. Because Josh does not create his own shot very often, he can sometimes disappear for stretches on offense.

-nice pass from the perimeter to a man wide open at the rim - did this twice

-Defensive rebound, instant long Wes Unseld outlet pass leading to an easy basket

Galen Alexander: 17 pts, 5-11 2 pt, 4-5 FT, 1-5 3 pt, 6 reb (3 off), 1 bl, 1 TO

-athletic offensive rebound/dunk follow up play

-Deep pull up 3

-Airballed two corner threes

Qudus Wahab: 34 pts, 16-23 2pt, 2-5 FT, 19 reb (12 off), 1 st, 1 bl, 2 TO

-Very impressive weekend for Wahab. Just over the course of 4 weeks, you can see him developing his game on both ends of the court.

—when the opponent does not have a real big man, Wahab can dominate inside offensively. He owned the offensive boards in this game, playing relentlessly. Did a nice job finishing around the hoop, but there was nobody bigger than 6’7 to cover him. LeBlanc was on him quite a bit, and Wahab is just too long/strong for LeBlanc to handle him in the low post

-Tried to go end to end with a defensive board, but threw the pass away

-made a strong move across he lane to his right, finishing with a right hand hook in the lane.

-left handed finish at the rim - +1

-Josh tried to take him off the dribble multiple times, as did other guys he covered. Wahab did a real nice job staying with these guys. It really seems like he has the potential to develop into a big that can handle switches/small ball centers on the perimeter effectively

-Offensive board, powerful follow dunk through three defenders. Very strong, impressive move


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